Posted: Monday, Jul 29,2019 | Time: 12:35 pm | Edited by: The Lottery Lab Staff
Winning the lottery for the first time is exciting, winning it twice is luck, winning it again and again for over 100 times, looks suspicious. Right? This is not a subject of fake news and these winners are certainly not urban legends. Sure, we are not talking about millions here but multiple wins earning hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. Legit or not? You be the judge!
Clarance W. Jones, a resident of Massachusetts claims to have redeemed over 10,000 winning tickets to the tune of $18 million over the span of 10 years. He claims that he developed a methodology and proclaims himself as a professional gambler. His methodology included buying scratch-off lottery tickets in the middle of a pack from the stores that have had recent large jackpots. This strategy worked out well for him but we’re not sure if it would work for anyone else!
Nadine Vukovich is a veterinarian from Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Her frequent winnings made her the state’s most prolific winner to date. She has claimed 200 winning scratch-off lottery tickets between 2004 and 2016, collectively worth $348,000.
Angela Kouch, California’s second most frequent winner claims to have won over 174 drawings in a time span of 3 years, from 2004 to 2007. But she confessed to practicing “discounting” (buying winning tickets from players and claiming them on their behalf) and was busted by state lottery officials. So, it was not a fair play.
Ali Jaafar, a resident of Watertown, Massachusetts, claimed over 900 prizes from the Massachusetts Lottery. He was even used as an example to make amendments in lottery rules to stop frequent lottery winners like him. He is the most prolific lottery winner, who once claimed over 18 prizes on one day alone, 15 from instant tickets and 3 from Keno, worth just under $20,000. Not only that, there are 3 other members of his family who are frequent winners and managed to cash over 1,200 tickets worth over $2.1 million. They are also suspected to be practicing discounting.
Although the total number of wins by this family is under 50, their story has a twist! 3 members of the Oksnes family in Norway won the country’s national lottery three times over the span of six years, cashing in winning tickets to the tune of more than 24 million kroner (KR) or the equivalent of $3 million. Grandpa Leif, followed by daughter Hege Jeanette, and then brother Tord, all hit the jackpots right after Hege Jeanette was either pregnant or had just given birth!
Strategy, luck, cheating, discounting, tax evasion- maybe there is no way to be sure how they did it. Winning a lottery twice or thrice can be luck but frequently winning over 100s of time surely calls attention to players. Moreover, lottery officials are looking out for such players and doing everything they can to prevent any illegal activity!